How to Become a Crime Scene Investigator Forensic Scientist in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs, the second largest city in Colorado, was ranked eighth on Forbes Magazine’s list of America’s 10 safest cities over 250,000. The Colorado Springs Police Department and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office are dedicated to keeping it that way. The two law enforcement agencies work together on crime scene investigation and the forensic science under the umbrella of the Metro Crime Lab.

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Requirements for Becoming a Crime Scene Investigator in Colorado Springs

The Colorado Springs Metro Crime Lab hires civilians as crime scene technicians. Requirements for the job are:

  • High school diploma plus additional forensics training
  • Two years investigatory, forensic or law enforcement experience OR bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, forensic science or a related field
  • Valid Colorado driver’s license
  • Ability to recognize, collect and preserve crime scene evidence
  • Ability to work with and at the direction of police officers
  • Basic computer knowledge/Computer Aided Design programs
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Willingness to work shifts and be on call
  • Physically able to stand for long periods, stoop, bend and climb
  • Willing to work outdoors in adverse weather
  • Pass a background check and polygraph examination

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean salary for crime scene technicians in Colorado Springs is $54,600.

Requirements for Becoming a Forensic Laboratory Scientist in Colorado Springs

Requirements for the job as a forensic chemist are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, forensics, toxicology or a related field
  • Two years full-time experience in analytical chemistry and operation of a gas chromatograph and mass spectrometer OR four years full-time experience in a forensics laboratory
  • Competency in blood alcohol and controlled substances analyses
  • Knowledge of arson analysis
  • Preference given to persons court qualified as expert witnesses
  • Pass background check

The salary for Chemist I is listed as $4,006 to $5,509 a month depending on experience.

Information about open positions and applications for Metro Lab positions is available both at the Colorado Springs Police Department recruitment page and the El Paso Sheriff’s Office employment website.

Forensic Science and CSI Schools in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs is famous as the home of the U.S. Air Force Academy; however, the city also has at least six accredited four-year colleges/universities with degree programs in science and five or more community colleges offering associate’s degrees in criminal justice or a related field. Residents can also earn a degree from several accredited online universities.

American Academy of Forensic Sciences

Colorado Springs is the headquarters of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), the world’s most prestigious forensic science organization. The AAFS publishes the Journal of Forensic Science and regular newsletters and holds both an annual scientific meeting and educational seminars. Founded in 1948, the AAFS has 6,260 members from the United States, Canada and 66 other countries.

Colorado Springs Metro Crime Lab Crime Scene Investigation Section

The crime scene investigation section employs five full-time crime scene investigators (called crime scene technicians) from the Colorado Springs Police Department and one technician from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Together they respond to and process scenes of serious criminal offenses. Services provided include:

  • Photographing and diagramming crime scenes
  • Documenting, collecting and preserving evidence
  • Lifting fingerprints
  • Casting shoe and tire impressions
  • Reconstructing crime scenes
  • Analyzing bullet flight paths and trajectories
  • Processing and storing photos/printing digital images

Colorado Springs Metro Crime Lab Forensic Laboratory

In 1993 the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPSO) jointly formed a forensic crime laboratory in Colorado Springs that provides forensic services to the Patrol Bureau, Metro Vice, the Narcotics Division, Sheriff’s Offices and the District Attorney. It was remodeled in 2007-08 to allow for the examination of evidence for the presence and typing of DNA and DNA database comparisons. The lab now employs three chemists (two from the CSPD and one from the EPSO), two DNA analysts and one each latent print and firearms examiners. The forensic lab offers the following services:

  • Ballistics Analyses/Spent Cartridge Comparisons
  • Blood Analyses
  • Blood Stain Pattern Analyses
  • Chemical and Quantitative Analyses of illegal drugs
  • Chemical Analyses of Pharmaceutical and Unknown Drugs
  • Chemical/Forensic Analyses of Arson or Explosives Debris
  • DNA Analysis/Comparisons
  • Firearms Examinations
  • Latent Print Processing (powder, chemicals, alternate light source)
  • Latent Print Comparisons
  • Serial Number Restorations
  • Serological Examinations/Biological Materials Extractions

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